MIAS 2015 Preview: Tata PH set to show new passenger cars, heavy truck lineup

MIAS 2015 Preview: Tata PH set to show new passenger cars, heavy truck lineup image

Text: / Photos: Tata | posted April 06, 2015 11:57

Tata Motors to display the new Indigo and Indica passenger cars, Prima Heavy Commerical Vehicles

Tata Philippines announced that they will be revealing their new passenger vehicles along with a preview of their heavy commercial truck vehicle at this year's 2015 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) .

The Tata Indigo is described by the automaker as their 'home-grown bestseller' because of its low price and fuel efficient engine. Up front it features the brand's distinct grill design and is accompanied by dual headlights and foglamps. The design of the side and rear were kept simple and only consist of side moldings, a wide rear bumper and large taillights.

The Tata Indigo is powered by a 1.4-liter diesel engine that is rated to produce 70 PS @ 4500 rpm and 135 Nm of torque @ 2500 rpm. It is mated to what Tata calls a 5+1 manual gearbox and is underpinned by a independent suspension system that is comprised of MacPherson struts at the front and a 3-link setup at the rear.

The Tata Indica

Besides the compact sedan, Tata will also be showing the Indica which is essentially the hatchback variant of the Indigo. Under the hood, it is also driven by the same 1.4-liter powerplant along with the use of MacPherson struts at the front. The rear axle however differs and gets an independent trailing arm setup with coil springs on hydraulic shock absorbers.

The Prima Truck Series of Tata

To be previewed during the event on the other hand will be the brand's Prima Heavy Commercial Vehicles. Originally launched in 2008 and billed as the 'World Smart Truck' by the automaker , the Prima features an array of technical features that were derived from around the world including: an Italian-designed cab, engine technology from USA and Europe, transmission mechanicals from Germany, chassis-framing from Mexico, sheet metal from Japan and Korea and Swedish precision on a robotic weld line.

The 2015 Manila International Auto Show is scheduled to take place from April 9 – 12, 2015 at the World Trade Center (WTC) and Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City.